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Not Finished Yet

So He is risen, but what now? This time was not necessarily a quiet one because Jesus appeared to His disciples 12 times according to tradition before He ascended up to be with His Father. He was encouraging them, exhorting them, strengthening them and even forgiving some of them. Jesus did not forget about those that were closest to Him just like He doesn’t forget us. That is why the Holy Spirit is such an important part of our lives. But we need to strengthen that relationship by times of meditation on the Word, quiet times just listening for His voice and prayer that is not just a laundry list of our needs or wants. Truly take time to connect or reconnect with your Savior.

1 Peter 1: 8-12
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

It is here!

HE IS RISEN!! This is what the women came back to tell the disciples in the early morning of Sunday. And that is not what was expected by them all. Which is so funny since Jesus talked to them about it for a week. They looked for themselves and found it to be true. Jesus defeated sin, hell and death so we can have freedom and hope. The ruler of this world has been taken down and Jesus prevailed, what an amazing thing! There is so much we can say about it but nothing compares to the words “He is risen, He is not here.” Our God is alive, the grave could not hold him. He waits with His Father in heaven for us to join them. He left the Holy Spirit here to be our guide as we walked this earth.  We are free………

If this is not something you can relate too, there is no time like the present. Jesus did this for everyone who has ever lived and for those now and those to come. He loves you with an everlasting love and wants you to know the hope and freedom He offers. All you need to do is believe the Jesus is the Son of God, ask for His forgiveness and accept Him. It is one of the hardest but greatest things you will ever do. Hard because letting go of things is difficult for people but amazing because you will find someone who can handle your life much , much better than you. If you made this choice please let us know-we would love to celebrate with you and help you to the next step.

May this Easter be  blessed one!

John 20:1-18

 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.  Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,  and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;  for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  Then the disciples went back to their homes.

 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.  They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”  Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).  Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

Day Inbetween….

The day inbetween…the day of silence. Jesus’ body is sealed in the tomb.The Jewish religious council is thoroughly enjoying their Sabbath now that the troublemaker is gone. And the disciples and followers of Jesus are simply lost. Trying to figure out what has happened, not remembering or understanding that this what He had told them about the last 3 years and especially the last week. A day of waiting, wondering and grieving. But boy is tomorrow going to be a surprise for them……..
Matthew 27: 57-66
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
 
Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24
I am one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath;
he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light;
against me alone he turns his hand, again and again, all day long.
He has made my flesh and my skin waste away, and broken my bones;he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation;
he has made me sit in darkness like the dead of long ago.
He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me;
though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer;
he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.
The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall!
My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Good Friday

We call this Good Friday but there was nothing good about this day for the disciples.  They were scattered, lost, scared, overwhelmed and confused. They had scattered at the garden, resorted to violence, denied Jesus and had to watch him carry his cross to be killed in the most humiliating way known at that time. I cannot even imagine the confusion they were feeling looking at Jesus on the cross wondering what happened to their Messiah???

We know this was not the end but only the beginning so I just can’t understand what they were feeling. So they watched him die and went and hid till they could figure out what to do next. The thing is….what they were going to do next was something they could not have imagined. On this day may we remember that Jesus suffered and died for YOU. No matter what you have done, who you are or where you are in life you are loved by the same one who suffered on this day. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
As many were astonished at you—
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
so shall he sprinkle many nations.
Kings shall shut their mouths because of him,
for that which has not been told them they see,
and that which they have not heard they understand.
Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday. As protestants we don’t necessarily celebrate this day. Maundy comes from a Latin word meaning commandment and it refers to the new commandment Jesus gave His disciples at the Last Supper-“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” It is a celebration of the final Passover meal Jesus celebrated with His disciples and the washing of the disciples feet. This surprised me but think about it…the creator of the universe took on the lowliest servants task and washed the feet of the created. How amazing is that and how humbling should that be for us and what an example to follow.
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
 
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

A Reminder

Today’s scripture is  reminder that we have an example to follow in life because Jesus was faithful this week and followed His Father’s plan for His life.  It is a reminder of who we are and what we can do in our lives. May your day be blessed.

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Continuing on in Holy Week

So it is Tuesday and Jesus continues on in His journey to the cross. The people around him still do not understand what is to come. How that must have saddened and frustrated him. He had spent three years living with and teaching these men and yet they still did not get it. But Jesus still continued on with His Fathers plan for the sake of his friends and all those to come afterwards.

John 12:20-36

 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”  Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”  Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

 

Holy Week

What a time this is in the life of everyone. We have not experienced this before in most of our lives and so we have no pattern to fall back to in order to deal with things. I cannot think of a time when the church was unable to gather for Easter but here we are. However, remember that the church is not a building-the church is everybody that calls upon the Lord as Savior. I have seen things on Facebook that says “Church buildings might be empty on Easter but so is the grave” and that is the important part. We are the church, filled with the Holy Spirit, the presence of God Himself and we should celebrate the empty tomb no matter where we are or what is going on in life.
Since we are unable to be together this Holy week, I am going to share a daily scripture reading that is either a prophecy Jesus fulfilled during this time or a passage dealing with what Jesus did during this week. May you be blessed as you study the Word this week.
John 12:1-11
Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

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It’s your choice

It’s Your Choice

Deuteronomy 30:14-18 (NKJV)

14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.

God never forces us to do anything. It’s always a choice. As you read the text above you’ll notice that we were given two options. One to choose life and good or two to choose death and evil. Seems pretty straight forward right. (Who would knowingly choose death and evil? ) The text goes on and gives instructions. Now I bet that everyone who is reading this post definitely chose the option of life and good. But when the description is given on how to attain that……did you feel a tiny bit uneasy. Let’s break this down a bit. Verse 16 “In that I command you to love the Lord your God” Amen!! Check that one off of the list!!! Of course, I love God! That’s an easy one! Let’s continue.. “to walk in His ways, to keep His commandments, His statues, and His judgements ” hmmm…..I try my best, but do I really follow Him the way I should. I mean I go to church on Sundays, I go to Bible study, I try not to yell at my kids to much (TRY, lol) I try to be a good example. I mean I tried to be the Proverbs 31 women, but let’s face it I can’t sow. I buy my kids clothes at the store, and Im guilty of giving my family fast food from time to time. I try to be a good wife, that one who is always lifting up her husband and supporting him 100%. I want to be that woman that is in Ephesians 6 always respecting and not nagging her husband…. And I do pretty good. And I question from time to time am I setting the right example for my girls…Am I being the Naomi to their Ruth? I know I fall short. But it doesn’t mean I choose death and evil. I’m here to encourage you. As a believer you have been given the choice to turn back to Him at any time. To lay your life at His feet. Honey He knew that you couldn’t do it alone. He knew that you would need His help. He knew that our flesh would go against what was good for us. That’s why He sent his son to die for us. That’s why He sent the Holy Spirit to reside in us! Life is always a choice when you choose to surrender.
Be encouraged today!!

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